Religion Teacher/Catechist Certification Program and Adult Faith Studies

The office offers stimulating classes for teachers, parish catechists, diaconate aspirants and any adult who would like to expand their knowledge of the Catholic faith — everyone is welcome to attend any course/workshop! The courses are separated into two categories for catechists: Certification courses and Maintenance Courses. Every course is open to all!

*Walk-ins accepted, but preregistration is encouraged.

Certification Courses

There is a basic, general and advanced level of certification for religion teachers in the Diocese of Covington. At the recommended rate of two courses per year, an individual should reach the advanced level of certification within a six-year period.

Praying All Ways - Jan. 25 and Feb. 1

Praying All Ways – Taught by Rosanne Thomas

Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament Church, Ft. Mitchell

Using Arts in Faith Formation - Feb. 8 and 15

Using Arts in Faith Formation – Taught by Rosanne Thomas

Feb. 8, and 15, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament Church, Ft. Mitchell

Liturgy and Rites - Feb. 22, 29 and March 7

Liturgy and Rites – taught by Father Dan Schomaker

Feb. 22, 29 and March 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

St. Augustine School gymnasium, Covington

Introduction to Scripture - Feb. 29

Introduction to Scripture – Taught by Father Andrew Young

Feb. 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Curia building, Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium

Introduction to Catholic Spirituality - March 14 and 21

Introduction to Catholic Spirituality – Taught by Claire Therese

March 14 and 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Mary Church, Alexandria

Old and New Testaments - June 15 through 16

Old and New Testaments – Taught by Father Timothy Schehr

June 15-16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Sacraments - June 15 through 18

Sacraments – Taught by Father Daniel Schomaker

June 15-18, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Basic Beliefs - June 18 through 19

Basic Beliefs – Taught by Father Michael Barth

June 18-19, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Justice and Peace - June 15 through 17

Justice and Peace (Catholic Social Teaching) – Taught by David Cooley, Co-director of Catechesis and Evangelization

June 15-17, 1 to 3 p.m., at St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Introduction to Catholic Spirituality - June 15 through 18

Introduction to Catholic Spirituality – Taught by Brad Torline, Associate Director, Catechesis and Evangelization

June 15-18, 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., at St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Introduction to Scripture - June 17

Introduction to Scripture – Taught by Father Timothy Schehr

June 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Church History - June 15 through 18

Church History – Taught by Isaak A. Isaak, Co-director, Catechesis and Evangelization

June 15-18, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Catechetical Process - June 19

Catechetical Process – Taught by Father Andrew Young

June 19, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Church: Vision, Mission, Ministry - June 15 through 18

Church: Vision, Mission, Ministry (Ecclesiology) – Taught by Isaak A. Isaak, Co-director, Catechesis and Evangelization

June 15-18, 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., at St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Maintenance Courses

Once an individual has completed the advanced level of certification, he or she must complete 30 hours of maintenance every three years.

Bioethics - March 7 and 14

Bioethics – Taught by Father Ray Enzweiler

March 7 and 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Curia building, Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium

Eschatology: The Last Things - June 15 through 17

Eschatology: The Last Things – Taught by Father Michael Barth

June 15 -17, 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Theology of the Body - June 15 through 18

Theology of the Body – Taught by Father Raymond Enzweiler

June 15 -18, 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Diocesan RCIA workshop: Implementing RCIA in the Parish - June 15 through 16

Diocesan RCIA workshop: Implementing RCIA in the Parish – led by Vicki Klocke, Adult Formation and RCIA coordinator, St. Joseph Parish, Cold Spring

June 15 -16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

The Mass as Prayer - June 16 through 18

The Mass as Prayer – Taught by Deacon Jerry Franzen

June 16 -18, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Mariology - June 17 through 18

Mariology – Taught by Msgr. William Cleves

June 17 -18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Pius X School, Edgewood, Ky.

Religious Education

Exploring the Faith

Youth Ministry

Building a relationship with Christ

Young Adult Ministry

Finding our place in our Church and world

Family Life Ministry

A gift of self, a vocation to love

Upcoming Events

Diocese of Covington Day of Prayer and Penance for Life - Jan. 24

The annual Day of Prayer and Penance in the Diocese of Covington will be Friday, Jan. 24. All faithful are encouraged to fast and abstain on that day. In solidarity with the representatives who are Marching for Life in Washington, D.C., parishioners are encouraged to participate in one of the 10 Holy Hours from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at one of the following parishes:  Cathedral Basilica, Covington; Blessed Sacrament, Ft. Mitchell; Divine Mercy, Bellevue; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Burlington; St. Edward, Cynthiana; St. John the Evangelist, Carrollton; St. Mary, Alexandria; St. Patrick, Maysville; St. Patrick, Taylor Mill; St. Paul, Florence. 

Candlelight Mass, Feb. 7

Young Adult Candlelight Mass, Friday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., at Divine Mercy Parish (Sacred Heart Church), Bellevue, Ky. Confessions begin at 6:30 p.m. A social gathering will take place following Mass.

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Bible Study Workshops

The Department of Catechesis and Faith Formation is sponsoring workshops on books of the Bible, presented by Father Timothy P. Schehr.

Father Schehr is a Biblical Professor at the Athenaeum of Ohio (Mt. St. Mary Seminary) of the West. He has a B.A., M. Div.,  and an M.A. from the Athenaeum of Ohio. He also has a Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College.

This course study will provide adult learners in the diocese with a more in-depth understanding of specific books of the Bible. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn, know and understand more about the Catholic  Bible.

Sessions are  Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Each workshop will take three days and will cover one book of the Bible. The cost to participate in each book of the Bible workshop is $35.00. Call (859) 392-1500, ext. 1529.